Lupe Fiasco

Oct
3
Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Food & Liquor II’ Debuts at No. 5

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco’s return to the charts may be just as controversial as his new album. The Chicago MC’s Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 enters at No. 5 on this week’s Billboard 200 albums chart.

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Sep
27
Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian Perform ‘Battle Scars’ on ‘Letterman’

Guy Sebastian and Lupe Fiasco

Following a busy week of promotion, Lupe Fiasco hit up late night for a performance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He was joined by Australian singer Guy Sebastian on “Battle Scars” off Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. According to HITS Daily Double, the album is on track to sell 85-95,000 copies in its first week.

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Sep
26
Review Roundup: Lupe Fiasco – ‘Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1′

Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

Lupe Fiasco has been waiting years to release his most bold and brash album to date, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. While 2011’s Lasers aimed for commercial success, the Chi-town lyricist doesn’t compromise, tackling political, social, and cultural issues on the conscious cuts. The outspoken rapper has criticized everyone from President Obama to Chief Keef, but how did the critics receive his latest? Find out below.

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Sep
26
Ashanti Interviews Lupe Fiasco About ‘Food & Liquor II’ Album Cover

Ashanti and Lupe Fiasco

Ashanti warmed up for her new gig as anchor of Fuse’s new daily music show “Fuse News.” One of her first guests was Lupe Fiasco. She asked the Chi-town MC about the simple, yet striking all-black cover for his new album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1.

Lupe revealed that the cover was inspired by Johnny Cash’s 1971 protest song “Man in Black.” “The reason he wore black, he wore it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime. He’s there ’cause he’s a victim of the time,” he explained.

The blank artwork is intended to stand out and make a statement. “It’s the easiest album to find,” said Lupe. “I wanted to have something to cherish, like this is kinda history right here.”

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Sep
24
Lupe Fiasco Crowns Kendrick Lamar the ‘Next Big Thing’

Lupe Fiasco and Kendrick Lamar

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg named him the “New King of the West Coast.” And during his “BET Music Matters” show in Chicago last night, Kendrick Lamar received another co-sign from one of hip-hop’s most respected MCs. As part of the Lupe Fiasco Outstanding Fan Awards, the Chi-town rapper presented the Compton lyricist with the “Next Big Thing” award.

After thinking about it long and hard, he decided that Kendrick deserved the honor. “Out of the many, there’s only one guy that I am a fan of that I think deserves this award, so the ‘Next Big Thing’ award goes to my big homie Kendrick Lamar,” Lupe told the audience at Congress Theater.

“This the future right here. Unadulterated, uncut, unfiltered…but I ain’t go nowhere either,” added Lupe before performing verses from “Put Em Up” off his new album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, which drops Tuesday.

Watch Lupe pass the torch to Kendrick in his hometown.

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Sep
14
Lupe Fiasco Serves Up ‘Food & Liquor II’ Promo [Video]

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco introduces his story in the promo for Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. Due September 25, the album features the singles “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free),” “Bitch Bad,” and “Lamborghini Angels.”

“This is an exercise in psychological warfare. To challenge your definitions. To stir up the conversation. To tell the story of America,” says the Chicago MC as he sits at a dining table in the black-and-white promo.

After Food & Liquor II and its sequel, Lupe plans to release one more album for Atlantic Records before going his own way. “#FL2 1&2 + #Skulls = Contract Fulfilled then off into the sunset to make what I feel… #Liberation,” he tweeted.

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Sep
6
Lupe Fiasco Contemplates Retirement

Lupe Fiasco

Is Lupe Fiasco hanging up the mic? The controversial rapper is thinking about throwing in the towel once he releases his next album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1.

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